A foster care agency is looking for more people to offer a home to children in South Yorkshire.
Foster Care Associates is urging parents whose children may have gone to university for the first time to consider caring for a foster child.
The agency claims parents with a spare room and feeling the ‘empty nest syndrome’ may want to provide a home to children in need.
Both long and short term foster carers are needed in the area.
David Oldham, chief executive officer of FCA, based at Sheffield Business Park, near Tinsley, said: “Becoming a foster carer takes resilience, patience and understanding, something that parents of older teenagers have in spades, along with a wealth of life experience.
“Although some parents view their children leaving home as a liberating time, many find it hard to suddenly have no children at home who need their care, and have a difficult time adjusting to an empty home – this is why we’d urge people to consider fostering.
“We’ve been working with children and young people for 21 years and our experience shows that one-to-one support in a family setting is the best way to help children with a care background overcome their issues and deal with their past.
“Our team of social care professionals work closely with our foster carers to deliver intensive, holistic support tailored to the individual needs of each young person and carer.”
FCA provides ongoing support to all foster carers including training, a financial allowance, access to carer support groups and organised family activities.
For more information on becoming a foster carer call 0800 022 4012 or visit www.thefca.co.uk